August 23, 2011 |
Pat Summitt says she has early onset dementia -- Alzheimer's type -- but isn't going to let that keep her from what she loves doing: coaching women's basketball at the University of Tennessee. In a heartfelt interview with the Washington Post, the winningest coach in college basketball explained that she had received the diagnosis but that it took her a while to accept it. Early-onset Alzheimer's can be a difficult diagnosis to face. It sets in well before the age of 65, the Mayo Clinic explains, the typical lower limit for standard Alzheimer's disease, and thus affects people when they're still in their prime, often with elderly parents or young children to care for as well.
March 15, 2011 |
An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. That leads to … 14.9 million unpaid caregivers, $183 billion in annual costs. So begins the latest report from the Alzheimer's Assn. The report, 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures , sheds more light on the toll the disease takes on not just patients but caregivers. "Unpaid caregivers are primarily family members, but they also include other relatives and friends," the report says.
August 3, 1997
Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease of the brain in which nerve cells stop communicating with one another, damaging the centers affecting memory, speech and personality. Parts of the brain that control other functions, such as heartbeat and breathing, often remain intact. Although scientists believe the disease can start decades before symptoms do, patients may live with the disease five to 20 years after its diagnosis. In fact, says the Alzheimer's Assn.
December 19, 1990 |
There were no searchlights at this Columbia premiere--no stretch limos, no mugging celebs, not one autograph hound. But the excitement was there just the same for Orange County's benefit preview of "Awakenings" last week at Edwards South Coast Plaza Theatre. The movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro had hundreds of supporters of the South Coast Institute for Applied Gerontology and the Alzheimer's Assn. applauding, guffawing and weeping shamelessly.
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April 29, 2000 |
Nearly all of the speakers who helped open the Alzheimer's Assn. Center at Cal State Northridge on Friday have been deeply affected by the degenerative disease. Actress Shelley Fabares, who starred in the television programs "The Donna Reed Show" and "Coach," lost her mother eight years ago to Alzheimer's. Former Pasadena Mayor Katie Nack's husband is in the latter stages of the disease. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky watches a close relative struggle with some symptoms.
March 21, 2013 |
Utah authorities think they have a valuable new use for the ubiquitous ankle bracelet: to locate missing patients with Alzheimer's or dementia. Officials in Davis County, about half an hour north of Salt Lake City, say the device, which typically monitors criminals on house arrest or parole, could be a cost-effective solution to a common problem. “We think it's just a different application for an existing technology,” Deputy Sheriff Kevin Fielding told the Los Angeles Times.
February 6, 2012 |
Some people with mild Alzheimer's may be reclassified as having a less serious brain disease called mild cognitive impairment, according to a new analysis of the evolving terminology. Last year, a work group convened by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Assn., issued revised criteria for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment. According to this new definition, people with mild cognitive impairment still have "functional independence" and no dementia. However, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis sought to evaluate the impact of the revised criteria.
February 6, 2013 |
As baby boomers enter their golden years, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer's disease is expected to reach 13.8 million by 2050 - millions more than previously anticipated, according to a new study in the journal Neurology. If researchers can't find a way to reduce the prevalence of the brain disease, the cost to care for all of these patients could top $1 trillion a year, experts say. Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disease that damages patients' memory and cognitive skills, ultimately leaving them unable to care for themselves.
September 16, 1997 |
The event: Rock 'n' Roll Royale Casino Night, a Vegas-style gala that had guests taking a chance with Lady Luck on Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Newport Beach. Staged by Team X-treme, a group of young professionals that supports the Alzheimer's Assn. of Orange County, the casino night raised a jackpot for the chapter's help line. Full house: A pair of massive fuzzy dice dangled above the heads of 350 guests as they made their way into the Hard Rock for a night of fun and games.
March 22, 2014 |
More good news for women (not): More of them are suffering from Alzheimer's disease than men. The Alzheimer's Assn.'s recently released annual report on the grim facts and figures of this debilitating disease and other related dementias says that an estimated 3.2 million women aged 65 and older in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer's. That's two-thirds of the 5 million seniors in America with the disease. Just looking at this statistically, the association reports that 65-year-old women not afflicted with Alzheimer's still have a 1 in 6 chance of getting it. Men that age have a 1 in 11 chance.